5 Easy Ways to Encourage Your Child to Floss Their Teeth Daily
April 13, 2016 Francine Jones 0 Comments
Brushing and flossing can be a challenge even for some of the most competent and capable adults, let alone trying to get your kids to do it. Here are 5 easy ways to encourage your child to floss their teeth daily.
Create your own dental care kits! Ask your child to make a list of everything he or she thinks is important to have healthy teeth and gums. While they are creating their list for this fun DIY project, talk about the importance of each item. Once you have made the list together, take a “Tooth Trip” to the store and let them pick out some new dental hygiene products. Even something as simple as a fun flavor of floss, a brightly colored toothbrush or a sparkling tube of toothpaste can be incentive for them to get started.
Floss together! Kids learn by example and actions speak louder than words. Getting started is the easiest part. Providing your child with accountability (and leading by example!) are great ways to keep the great habits going. Introduce flossing together as part of your morning and bedtime routines. It is also a great way to squeeze in some bonding time in the midst of all of your busyness.
Out of sight, out of mind. Keep your child on task and their goals in sight by encouraging them to brush and floss their teeth by posting little Post-it notes on the bathroom mirror or using mirror markers to draw pictures of smiling teeth that say, “Do not forget to floss me today!” or “Clean me, please!” This is also a great way to keep the fun in flossing, which is important for the development and retention of new habits.
Create an interactive calendar that your child can manage and mark up. Give them a box of brightly colored crayons and encourage them to cross off the days of the week that they floss and brush. Set an achievable goal together, maybe beginning at 4 or 5 days a week, and build up from there. Helping your child visualize the progress they are making is important and exciting. They will feel motivated to keep going!
Candy does not always mean cavities! Everything is best in moderation. Do not forget to put the fun into this learning opportunity. When your child meets their weekly flossing goals or has been doing a great job remembering, take them out for a tasty treat at the end of the month to celebrate. For bonus points, remember to brush your teeth together afterward!
For more ideas, check out these fun dental care ideas by Colgate.